The Cloud is a temporary lightweight structure provided by the New Zealand government as an inner-city Fanzone, festival and showcase venue during the 2011 Rugby World Cup hosted by New Zealand.  The venue is ideally located on the western edge of Queens Wharf and was a very popular place for fans to watch the games during the event.  The development of the site at Queens Wharf, demolition of an old structure and building of a new venue was a controversial issue at the time and presented a number of engineering challenges.  The structure is a development of an earlier project “The Telecom Shed” built in the same area as a sponsors display venue for the 2003 Americas Cup.  Architectural design was by Jasmax.  At 180m long x 30m wide steel framed building can accommodate 5000 people and is clad in a combination of Ferrari PVC, ETFE and glass.  The Cloud was built by Fabric Structure Systems and engineered by Wade Design Engineers.

The presentation will be given by Joseph Dean, Managing Director of Wade Design Engineers.

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The Cloud is one of three projects included on the Friday Afternoon's Site Visits.

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